Santa Monica Public Library reports the library’s 2013 summer reading
program for babies through teenagers saw an amazing increase of 20
percent, with more than 4,000 children and teens participating.
The Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library sponsored printed
materials, programs, and prizes for the 10-week program, which is
designed to help children and teens increase literacy skills during the
summer months while on their school break.
fact, compared to 10 summers ago, we have almost tripled
participation in our summer reading program. As a result of this fun and
positive reading promotion, children and teens read over 1.9 million
minutes during the summer months.
The library offered 320 story times and reading-related programs
during the summer (that’s 32 programs per week), with 14,707 in
Kids and teens also wrote 570 book reviews as a result of the
program, which were posted for other students to read and get
recommendations on what to read next.
This summer’s reading program once again included the library's "Baby
& Me” club, which engages parents and their babies by providing
them with a free board book to add to their baby’s library, as well as
printed materials to help their babies get a head start on literacy.
Teen participation was stronger than ever, reaching some milestones
as well. For the first time, more than 800 teens participated, a 30
percent increase over last summer’s participation. Teens also wrote 221
Those who completed the program (reading 30 hours or more) attended
an end-of-the-summer pizza party to celebrate their achievements.
Other teen programs included a Teen Writers’ Day with local award-winning authors.
In addition, 260 free hardcover copies of John Green’s The Fault in
Our Stars, the Samohi summer reading book selection, were given out to
Samohi students. This book giveaway was sponsored by the Santa Monica
For more information about free library programs, visit smpl.org or call the Youth Services Department at 310.458.8621.
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